The brain creates every feeling, emotion and desire we experience, and stores every one of our memories. And yet, until very recently, scientists believed our brains were fully developed in childhood.

Drawing upon her cutting-edge research Professor Blakemore explores:

  • What makes the adolescent brain different?
  • Why does an easy child become a challenging teenager?
  • What drives the excessive risk-taking and the need for intense friendships common to teenagers?
  • Why it is that many mental illnesses - depression, addiction, schizophrenia - begin during these formative years.
  • And she shows that while adolescence is a period of vulnerability, it is also a time of enormous creativity and opportunity.

'Beautifully written with clarity, expertise and honesty about the most important subject for all of us. I couldn't put it down.'  Professor Robert Winston

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ISBN/EAN 9781784161347
Author Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
Publisher Transworld
Imprint Black Swan
Publication date 21 Mar 2019
Format Paperback
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Inventing Ourselves : The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
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Winner of the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Prize 2018. Up to the minute brain science from a world class scientist. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore explains how the adolescent brain transforms as it develops and shapes the adults we become. 

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